Guide to the University of California, Irvine, Collection on the Anteater Mascot and Other University Symbols AS.144

Finding aid prepared by Anne Nguyen; updated by Laura Uglean Jackson
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California, 92623-9557
949-824-3947
spcoll@uci.edu
© 2014


Title: University of California, Irvine, collection on the Anteater mascot and other university symbols
Identifier/Call Number: AS.144
Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.9 Linear feet (3 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Date (inclusive): circa 1965-1986, 2009
Date (bulk): 1965
Abstract: This collection is comprised primarily of materials related to the University of California, Irvine mascot, the Anteater. Included is an original inscribed and signed drawing of the Anteater mascot by cartoonist Johnny Hart (undated), drawings of mascots proposed by the UCI administration (1965), clippings (photocopies) and ephemera related to the Anteater mascot and the controversy at the time it was chosen. Also included is an audio oral history interview with Schuyler Hadley Bassett, who is credited with taking up the successful campaign to elect the anteater as the mascot. The collection also includes design proposals for UCI logos, including one with a seahorse theme (1965), and proposed design for the UCI Medal, which was established in 1984. It also includes two anteater basketball mascot bobbleheads.
Creator: UCI Libraries. Department of Special Collections and Archives.

Access

The collection has not been processed. It may contain restricted materials. Please contact the Department of Special Collections and Archives in advance to request access.
Access to original audio recordings is restricted; researchers may request use copies.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

University of California, Irvine, collection on the Anteater mascot and other university symbols. AS-144. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
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Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection is comprised primarily of materials related to the University of California, Irvine mascot, the Anteater. Included is an original inscribed and signed drawing of the Anteater mascot by cartoonist Johnny Hart (undated), drawings of mascots proposed by the UCI administration (1965), clippings (photocopies) and ephemera related to the Anteater mascot and the controversy at the time it was chosen. Also included is an audio oral history interview with Schuyler Hadley Bassett, who is credited with taking up the successful campaign to elect the anteater as the mascot. The collection also includes design proposals for UCI logos, including one with a seahorse theme (1965), and proposed design for the UCI Medal, which was established in 1984. It also includes two anteater basketball mascot bobbleheads.

Related Collections

Related materials (early correspondence regarding the choice of the Anteater mascot) can be found in: AS-016, Student Activities Office records, Box 4.